On Thursday, more Democratic lawmakers called on Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign his post, after a Miami Herald investigation revealed his instrumental role in securing a sweetheart plea deal for pedophile and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein is accused of sex trafficking and rape of dozens of girls—some of his accusers were under 14 at the time the abuse took place. Yet, thanks to a plea deal brokered by Acosta, Epstein spent almost no time in prison. In the 11 months he was incarcerated, he was allowed to leave his cell and go work from an office.
None of his victims were informed of the deal.
Epstein fraternized with a variety of wealthy and prominent individuals, including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz, who was Epstein’s lawyer.
Following a reported segment on Acosta’s critics, CNN host Jake Tapper asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the labor secretary’s claim that more evidence has come to light against Epstein since 2007.
“That’s garbage,” Schultz said about Acosta’s defense.
Correction: A previous version of this post mis-attributed a quote to CNN host Jake Tapper.
CNN analyst has a question for Dems: ‘How low will Trump have to go for you to impeach him?’
Following a day of bombshell reports on the rapidly-growing scandal involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine, a CNN analyst wondered what it will take for House Democrats to impeach the commander-in-chief.
Earlier on Friday, in an interview with NPR, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was still not in favor of impeaching Trump.
CNN analyst and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali wondered what -- if anything -- could result in Speaker Pelosi backing impeachment.
CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’
CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.
The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."